25 things to do in Bucharest, Romania
If you already follow me on instagram (if not, what are you waiting for?) you may have seen me spending a few days in Bucharest with many other bloggers, instagramers, Twitter stars and YouTubers for the very first edition of #ExperienceBucharest, when we explored the city capital of Romania.
I discovered that Bucharest never sleeps: it’s an ideal destination for a city break!
Here you’ll find 25 things to do in Bucharest along with some other recommendations and discounts to enjoy the city to the fullest.
Places to visit in Bucharest
1. Old Town
The Old City of Bucharest is actually young.
Under the command of communist president Ceausescu, old town was destroyed to build immense buildings such as the Palace of Parliament and the Civic Center. The end of communism came in 1989 with the Romanian Revolution and since the year 2000 the city has begun a project of modernization and restoration to recover the historical center.
Today, in the cobblestone streets of Bucharest terraces, clubs, hotels and street musicians, offer the traveler all they need during their visit.
2. Cismigiu Gardens
In Bucharest I found Wonderland: no kidding! It’s located in these gardens.
Although I like cities, I always need a small dose of nature to feel 100% happy. A few steps from the heart of the city, this beautiful park became my best ally. I loved to get lost among its flowers and watches, so I came back more than once!
3. Bellu Cemetery
Bellu Cemetery is the most famous and monumental cemetery in Bucharest and like the Cismigiu Gardens this place is full of nature. I had never imagined walking between graves to be that nice.
The best thing about this visit was the amount of stuff we learnt about the customs of the Orthodox culture: they have many peculiar traditions and stories that need to be told.
4. Carturesti Bookshop
Carturesti Carousel is one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, not only for its white columns and spiral staircases, but also for its collection of more than 10,000 books.
On the top floor you have a highly recommended café.
5. Parliament Palace
The Parliament Palace of Ceausescu is the largest, heaviest and most expensive administrative building in the world. As I told you, the historical center of the city was devastated for this place to be built.
6. Pasajul Victoriei
The most instagrameable street in Bucharest is this small and colorful alley: compulsory stop for any instagrammer! All the colorful umbrellas are waiting for you there 😉
7. Herastrau Park
Herastrau Park is the largest green area in the city. Located north of Bucharest, is perfect for bikers as there is a bike lane that goes around the entire park.
If you go in summer you can rent a boat; if you go in winter, the lake freezes and you can skate on it.
8. Truth Palace
Abandoned places have something that attracts me. Palatul Aderavul is the building in which there are only the ruins of the offices of the first newspaper of the city: the truth.
You can only visit it in a group tour, but if you don’t make it, you may be able to bribe the guard per 10 lei (approximately €2).
9. Arc de Triomphe
Bucharest has been called “Little Paris” for a reason. Perhaps this little version of the Parisian Arc de Triomphe has something to do with it!
You will find on the way to the airport, so tell your driver to stop for a minute to take the photo, as it is quite far away from the city center.
10. Romanian Atenaenum
One of the most beautiful buildings in Bucharest is the Romanian Atenaenum, Again, it’s forbidden to take pictures in there, unless you pay a bribe.
Tips on visiting Bucharest
Bucharest suffers from a big parking problem so renting your own car is not recommended – unless you do it to get out of the city! Fortunately enough, Uber and Taxify are extremely cheap there. A journey of about 40 minutes will cost you around 3 or 5 euros.
However, not all Uber drivers speak English correctly, so it may be problematic especially at the airport. To avoid this, pre-contract the transfer with your hotel.
Radisson Blue Bucharest is the best hotel in town and one of the best hotels in Romania. Very centrally located, it has an awesome design, a delightful pool and spa and also a gorgeous breakfast.
If you’re looking for something cheaper, have a look to airbnb as it’s an awesome option while in there!